On Tuesday, Boston cabbie Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland discovered $187,000 in cash inside a backpack left in the backseat of his cab last Friday.
According to the driver, he made the discovery after he drove a passenger then dropped him off. He said that he had picked the passenger near Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
After leaving him to his destination, the driver saw the backpack that was left behind, according to the Associated Press.
While the driver was searching for a form of identification in the backpack, Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland came across a huge sum of money. The money was cash bundled in $100, $50, and $20 bills.
MacCausland was a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association.
The 72-year-old driver said that his passenger, a homeless man, got out of the cab to meet a friend, with the intention to return. Before leaving to meet his friend, the homeless man forgot to take his backpack with hi,.
The driver waited for 30 minutes, but the homeless man didn’t return. Ultimately, the driver drove to the man’s hotel to look for him.
After finding the bundle of cash, he was swift enough to visit the police to turn in the cash. Boston.com reported that police came across paperwork, which pointed towards the fact that the money was part of an inheritance.
“To me that was a relief,” the cabbie said. “Because I know if it wasn’t they’d come looking for me.”
After police had determined that the homeless man was the actual owner of the money, the cash was returned to him. The unnamed homeless man gave the cab driver a $100 reward.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans showed extreme gratitude towards Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland for displaying exemplary behavior.
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